Session 2

QAYYEM Programme in Curatorial Research:
Re-Imagining Self-Organization

2-7 June 2019, Tangier, Morocco

All sessions will be held at Atelier Kissaria except for the workshop led by Leire Vergara and Hicham Bouzid, which includes a walk in the city on the second day and culminate with a collective listening event on the last day. 


3 June 2019

Generative Fiction and Co-Imagination

Co-Investigator: Daniel Blanga Gubbay

After an introduction to historical and philosophical notions of co-imagination and co-authorship, participants discuss possibilities to enact co-imagination as part of their practices.

4, 5 and 6 June 2019

Location in Reverse

Co-investigator: Leire Vergara

My trajectory as a curator has always departed from the urge to establish a dialogue with a given context, being this part of my own milieu or unfamiliar before developing the work. The notion of context can be understood in many different ways. It can be approached through its physical, geographical, social, cultural and political conditions or even through its affective degree, so to say, through the community of interlocutors that conforms it and therefore receives and even transforms the delivered artistic or curatorial practice. In provisional locations, the difficulty lies in approaching this affective space and being able to prolong the dialogue beyond the limits of the given time framework. In my work, the challenges have been always varied, so have been the strategies employed to establish a position within known or unknown contexts or locations. Locations are always dependent of temporal conditions and therefore curatorial imagination should be projected onto their full dimension.


Sunday, 2 June 2019



Registration and get-together with the participants and co-investigators

Monday, 3 June 2019


Participants and co-investigators present their practices

10:00am A Reflection on Self-Organization
Presentation: DBG & LV

10:30 Dialogue with participants

Six participants present a single project where there is some issue of self-organization, co-authorship or co-imagination at stake.

11:00am 3 Presentations + 3 Discussions
12:30pm 3 Presentations + 3 Discussions

Feedback: Daniel Blanga Gubbay, Leire Vergara, Noura Al Khaswneh and Berit Schuck



3:00pm-4:00pm Lecture by Daniel Blanga Gubbay

As a contribution to the investigation on "re-imagining self-organisation” this encounter discloses a reflection on the use of ‘generative fiction’ in self-organisations. On the one side it traces back the relation between fiction and institution (from Xenofeminism to Elie Ayache). On the other it investigates the political potentiality of co-authorship and co-imagination, and the possibility of collective authorship beyond the human, disclosing new forms of self-organisation.

4:00pm-5:00pm Dialogue with participants

Tuesday, 4 June 2019


Part 1 of the Workshop by Leire Vergara

11:00am Presentation by LV

“Location in Reverse” is inspired by Robert Smithson’s term “ruin in reverse” that approaches architecture (in our case location) through an inverted process by which architecture (or space) is made, revealing it not through construction, but “through the natural processes of erosion, and its by-product talus”.

12:45pm-2:00pm A screening of the movie « Notes Towards An African Oreste » by Pier Paolo Pasolini

The film is constructed as a cinematic annotation towards the act of scouting locations and characters. It is accompanied by the voice over of the filmmaker who throws his thoughts onto the images around the task of scouting the right locations for a film.

3:00pm Discussion around the film and the texts sent for the workshop (Kaja Silverman “Body Talk” from The Acoustic Mirror: The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema and Lucy R. Lippard “On Not Having Seen the Bilbao Guggenheim” from Learning from the Bilbao Guggenheim). Led by: LV

4:00pm A walk following the « Walking Routes » developed by Think Tanger. Facilitated by: Hicham Bouzid

Wednesday, 5 June 2019


Part 2 of the Workshop by Leire Vergara

11:00am Introduction to Part 2 of the workshop by LV

For the workshop, I would like to work around the notion of “location in reverse” through the use of some materials and the recording of a series of sonic captures that will help us to project curatorial reflections around self-organisation as a site-specific practice. The materials will be employed as models to articulate a problem within the endeavour of establishing a dialogue within a temporal location, this is, the difficulty of setting a position within short-term conditions. In this sense, the workshop aims to depart from the location in which it will be based during the time of its duration. The work developed will look at the challenges implied in such determination and will try to pose questions around self-organisation and its potentialities, when considered as a site-specific commitment.  

12:00pm Walks & sonic captures (production time). Facilitatetd by HB & LV

3:00pm-6:00pm Walks & sonic captures (production time). Facilitatetd by HB & LV

Thursday, 6 June 2019



4:00pm-6:00pm Collective listening of the sonic clips & Conversation. Organised by: HB & LV


7:00pm Food and drinks in the Kasbah

Photos by: Sarah Maher